The Cascade Cougars’ starting varsity catcher has recently been named to the Class 2A All-State team.
Riley Reed, who just completed his senior year, has been selected as a member of the second team.
During the 2019 season, Reed had a .362 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, .521 slugging percentage and finished the year with three home runs, 26 RBIs, 34 hits, six doubles and 25 walks.
Coach Roamn Hummel said Reed’s improvement throughout his high school career was nothing short of remarkable.
“I haven’t seen many kids make as much improvement as he did,” Hummel said of Reed’s defensive abilities. “He’s a baseball guy — that’s what he focuses on, that’s what he puts his time into.”
As a freshman, Reed did a lot of designated hitting work for the Cougars at the varsity level, but as a sophomore, he lost a little playing time.
“I think he took that to heart a bit and starting making huge improvements,” Hummel said. “Without him this year, I don’t think we would have been as successful as we were.”
Behind the plate, Reed had a .993 field percentage and caught 20-of-the-22 that tried to steal on him. Additionally, Reed would often pick off runners who tread too far off the pad.
When put all together, Hummel said Reed is a player that will stand out in his mind.
“When you put in all the factors — good hitter, great arm, being good defensively behind the plate — he’s probably one of the best guys that I’ve ever had (as a catcher),” Hummel said.
The complete Class 2A team follows.
Captain — Jake Hilmer, North Linn
First team: pitchers — Jared Townsend (Wilton), Hunter Dekkers (West Sioux) and Will Dembski (Pella Christian); catchers — Connor Lange (Missouri Valley) and Brady Lukavsky (West Branch); first base — Brock Farley (Denver); second base — Chantz Stevens (Wilton); shortstop — Reece Jamison (Woodward-Granger); third base — Trevor Boge (North Linn); outfield — Owen Grover (Beckman), David Seber (North Linn), Kaden Davis (West Marshall) and Kayden Kruse (Ogden); utility — Reece Beuter (Dike-New Hartford), Anthony Potthoff (Van Meter) and Christian Davidson (Pocahontas Area).
Second team: pitchers — Steven Nicolay (Oelwein), Brett Shelton (Des Moines Christian) and Carter Petsche (Beckman); catchers — Blake Beller (Hinton) and Riley Reed (Cascade); first base — Brett Berg (Van Meter), second base — Grant Fouch (Pleasantville); shortstop — Logan McCoy (Alta-Aurelia); third base — Blake Hall (Underwood); outfield — Kyle Christensen (Treynor), Hunter Pesek (New Hampton), Zach Osborn (Mediapolis) and Karson Cantrell (Louisa-Muscatine); utility — Jace Davidson (Pocahontas Area), Trevor Slayton (Davis County) and Alex Bice (Woodward-Granger).